All posted Board of Education minutes are unofficial until approved at the succeeding regular BOE meeting.

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on December 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, Ginger Blaske, and Amy Cassel. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

CALL TO ORDER: President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the Agenda as presented.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

WELCOME GUESTS: No guests in attendance.

OPEN FORUM: No one addressed the Board during Open Forum:


  1. The live streaming of basketball games is going well. It has allowed grandparents who reside out of state to watch. Good job.

  2. The FFA beef judging team did very well at the Hutchinson contest. Congratulations to Bryce Hoeltzel, Brock Burgman, Landry Zoeller, and Skylar Zoeller.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: No one was in attendance to be recognized.


Audit Update: Derek Bruna attended by phone to review the 2020 year-end audit. It was conducted remotely and went very well. No issues to report. The Board approved the 2019-2020 audit as presented.

Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative Director: Anita Breen, Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative (TLEC) Director, was in attendance to give the board an update regarding the special education program at Blue Valley. Five local districts are members of the TLEC. TLEC employs 50 certified staff and 100 paraprofessionals. The board thanked Anita for the information and taking time to attend the meeting.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted. The teachers are doing a fantastic job managing both remote and in person learning.


  1. Six different curriculums are currently being reviewed for possible ELA curriculum adoption.

  2. This semester the district will host a student teacher in the FACS program.

  3. A floor scrubber was purchased for the high school using SPARKS funds.

  4. All buildings will get touchless water fountains using SPARKS funds.

  5. Administration approved December 18 as a no school day. This will allow the teachers an extra day of break for all of their hard work the first semester. In person classes will continue after the holiday break.

  6. Staff Professional Development will be held on Tuesday, January 4.

CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

  1. Approved Minutes of November 9, 2020 Regular Board Meeting

  2. Approved Receipts

  3. Approved Out of District Students – Gage, Koy, and Beau Williams

  4. Approved the TLEC Board Report

  5. Hirings/Resignations – None


Remote Learning – 2nd Semester – The district will continue to be on track for in person learning on January 5. Teachers will prepare for remote learning in case that happens,

Work Session - The board set Tuesday, January 5 at 5:00 for a work session to discuss negotiations and evaluations.


Warrants/Transfers – The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented.

Personnel – The Board held an executive session for ten minutes with John Cox, Marion Mazouch, and Melody Pfaff to discuss personnel. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interest of an identifiable individual.

Meeting resumed at 8:20 p.m. and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

The Board approved to waive the 30-day substitute limitation for Linda Kasselman.

Vans - Mr. Cox presented a proposal to purchase four 10-passenger new vans. This would allow more flexibility for staff to drive to activities. The cost per van would be $32,466. This would eliminate the need to purchase a new school bus this year. The district would sell bus #07-1. The board directed Mr. Cox to get insurance cost prior to ordering. The Board approved the purchase of up to four 10-passenger new vans as money allows from Honeyman Ford in Seneca Kansas and permission to sell bus #07-1.

Riley County Mitigation Plan – The Board adopted the Riley County Mitigation Plan as presented.

COVID SPARKS Expenditures – Riley County and Pottawatomie allotted $56,253 for the district to be reimbursed for expenditures that have been incurred due to COVID. These expenditures are being sent in each month.

Technology Proposal – The district receives REAP funds each year. Administration is requesting permission to use these funds to purchase parithium boards. These will be installed in the middle school classrooms and the high school science room. A proposal to purchase 25 new chrome books and to replace the high school/middle school principal laptop was presented using REAP funds and SPARKS funds. After discussion, the board approved to approve the purchase of four parithium boards, 25 chrome books, and a new macbook pro using the REAP and SPARKS funds to offset this cost.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk